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[WEBINAR] Bystander Intervention Training: What to Do When You See Online Abuse

Banner at the top reads: “Election SOS: Bystander Intervention Training: What to Do When you See Online Abuse. Training for journalists covering the U.S. 2020 Elections -- and their allies.” Below it, to the left: Emily May’s and Viktorya Vilk’s headshots. To the right: “Emily May, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Hollaback!, and Viktorya Vilk, Program Director for Digital Safety and Free Expression at PEN America will offer: -Tools and strategies to intervene safely and effectively when you witness online abuse. -Tips for how to be an ally to women, LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC journalists, who disproportionately face hate and harassment. When: Oct 21 at 12:00 pm EDT”

As more of our personal and professional lives go digital, online hate and harassment are on the rise. Abusive trolls are joining forces to target writers and journalists, especially those who identify as women, LGBTQIA+, and/or BIPOC to intimidate, discredit, and silence. Each and every one of us can be an ally. Co-hosted by Hearken, join PEN America and Hollaback! for this interactive training, where we’ll give you the tools you need to intervene safely and effectively when you witness online abuse. 


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Emily May headshotEmily May is an international leader in the movement to end harassment—in all its forms. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in New York City, and in 2010 she became its first full-time executive director. May has won 11 awards for her work and has been featured in over 200 news media outlets, including People Magazine, The New York Times, and NPR. May holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and is a Prime Movers Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.

Viktorya VilkViktorya Vilk is the program director for digital safety and free expression at PEN America, where she leads initiatives on a range of free expression issues, including developing tools and strategies to empower journalists and newsrooms to defend against online abuse. She has over a decade of experience working in nonprofits to expand access to the arts and defend creative and press freedom.


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